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Kings star Kopitar will have ankle surgery

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kings forward Anze Kopitar will have surgery Wednesday to repair torn ligaments in his severely sprained right ankle.

An MRI exam on Monday confirmed the Kings' leading scorer will need corrective surgery that will keep him out indefinitely.

Kopitar injured his ankle when he fell awkwardly during the Kings' victory over Colorado last Saturday. Coach Terry Murray initially said the Slovenian All-Star broke his ankle and would be out for at least six weeks, but the Kings eventually determined the injury was a high ankle sprain.

Kopitar leads the Kings with 25 goals and 43 assists.

Los Angeles also lost second-leading scorer Justin Williams last week to a dislocated shoulder, keeping him out at least until the playoffs.

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